Instrumental music providers


Cat Canteri

0432 339 255

Steve Mayhew

0405 715 626

ABC Music Group

0403 493 861


0418 356 574

Instrumental Music

School council values the contribution of instrumental music lessons to a child’s education and regret that we do not have the funding to run our own instrumental music program. Instrumental music lessons can form an important part of a child’s education and is very much a component of the ‘wholistic approach’ to a child’s education. In lieu of a school funded program we are striving to facilitate access to quality instrumental music lessons through a user pays system delivered by the following external providers.

Cat Canteri

Believes that learning and playing music should be a joyous, pleasurable and rewarding experience.

She has a Bachelor of Music (Improvisation), Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Singer-Songwriter, drums and guitar with The Stillsons

All students learn to read and compose using standard music notation, and theory appropriate to their playing ability.

Cat believes students should have strong rhythmic foundations upon which to build their theory and practice. So in their first lesson (on either drums, guitar or keys ) each student will learn how to clap and count Semi-breves, Dotted Minims, Minims and Crotchets in 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures.

Every child is different and encourages them to direct her on what musical styles they are interested in learning – Blues, Jazz, Classical, Rock, Top 40 Hits etc.

Beginners on Keyboard will learn from hand written music and notes – varying from a week to several months. This will give me an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and allow me to accelerate each pupil’s learning according to their their knowledge and ability. Once their hand-written progress has reached an appropriate level, Cat advises parents on suitable books for them to purchase.

There is a non-compulsory concert held at the end of every semester.

All students are required to have an instrument to practice on at home – with the exception of drums.

Individual lessons: $38/30min or $28/20min

Steve Mayhew

Steve has been an Educational Support Staff member at Wales Street for the past seven years. He teaches fun modern rock to classical guitar lessons. Steve’s aim is to teach the fundamentals of guitar, both tablature and note theory, and to bring the student up to the best of their ability.

Paired lessons: $20/30mins

ABC Music – Instrumental Program

We really do make music in schools as simple as ABC. At Wales St Primary we teach KEYBOARD & VIOLIN in groups or private lessons. Group lessons = $13.90/ Paired lessons =  $24.90/ Private Lessons = $38.00. Our lessons run once a week for 30minutes during the school hours. Lesson time is arranged with the school and classroom teachers to avoid clashes with important subjects. Students perform at our end of year concert at school in Term 4.  In the event of lockdowns our lessons run via Zoom. 

The music teacher Chantelle joined the team of ABC Music Group in 2015. Her sole focus in teaching is to help each student reach their full potential and musical goals. This can be achieved in multiple ways and various styles, whether it be classical, modern, jazz, pop – Chantelle believes each individual has their own flair which deserves to be captivated. Students of younger age and early entry level, particularly enjoy the reward program that Chantelle endorses. Encouraging her students also to receive recognition through AMEB exams, many of Chantelle’s students have received a pass with Honours in their musical examinations.

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The ukulele’s fun, happy sound makes it ideal for joyful and engaged music education. Ukulele lessons are provided by uke4kids, for students of all grades from Foundation through to Grade 6.

Uke4Kids  – iSeriously Fun Music Education for 21st Century Learners

Yanai Morris – Teacher

Yanai is Melbourne’s expert ukulele specialist for early primary students.  Ukulele is the perfect instrument for kids in both design and sound – it’s great for kids with small hands and big minds.  Yanai and Dassana have developed Uke4Kids to be the kind of music education experience they wish they had growing up.

The program nurtures the creativity of children via a low-pressure approach that achieves a high-quality outcome. Children have the opportunity to learn and play music which is representative of them, not someone else’s idea of what music should be, learning to express themselves through song composition and style.

Yanai inspires and guides the natural creativity of children, at the same time as fostering strong theory and technique along with a positive growth mindset.

Yanai brings decades of his own music education, performance and teaching experience to his role as director and creator of the Uke4Kids method.  He is skilled in a wide variety of instruments, from guitar to drums and much more.

This really helps him advise his young learners when they decide it’s time to try something new.

The team at Uke4Kids understands the challenges facing schools and families regarding wellbeing, and what lies ahead for our young learners. They are excited to be part of the solution through creating a music program with a significant focus on wellbeing, supporting children in developing the life skills they need as they move through primary school and beyond.

Specialising in Prep to Grade 3, small group, half hour classes are available to all children from Prep to Grade 6.  Classes are available both during school hours and after school.  Children can join the extension program, The UFO which is the Uke4Kids orchestra/band, once they have the necessary skill level.

Try before you buy – contact us to arrange a trial lesson for your child.

Contact Details: Dassana, Director Relationships and Engagement

Website for lots of information about the program and an enquiry form:

Prefer to speak to a friendly, helpful human instead? Call Dassana on 0418 356 574